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Jordan Morris returns, active for Sounders U-23

SUMNER, Wash. – United States U-21 National Team forward, Jordan Morris will join the Sounders U-23 this weekend for his first PDL action of the year. The Sounders U-23 travel to Bremerton to take on the Kitsap Pumas on Friday night before a home match on Sunday against the Portland Timbers U-23 in Tumwater.

Morris will be active for both matches following his return from Stanford University, and is assured to see action on Sunday.

The Sounders U-23 signed Morris, one of the brightest young players in the country, this offseason.  Morris just finished his freshman year at Stanford University and holds caps for the United States U-20 and U-21 National Teams.

Jordan Morris burst on to the national soccer awareness after scoring 27 goals in 28 matches for the Sounders Academy and being named the U-17/18 US Soccer Development Academy Player of the Year in 2013.

Sounders U-23 GM and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky said, “Jordan Morris is an exciting young player and he seems to excel at every level he gets the opportunity to play at.  The U-23 team is a great place for him to continue his rise in the game during the summer months.”

Morris then went on to make 1st Team All-Pac 12 as a freshman and earn call-ups to the United States youth national team.

His ability, technique, and vision, mixed with his 5’11, 185 pound frame, make Morris a truly unique prospect with professional soccer on his horizon.

Darren Sawatzky said, “The competitive games in the Northwest Division of the PDL has helped many players in their journey to become professional players and it will be the same for Jordan.”

The Seattle native scored six goals last fall for Stanford and led all freshmen in the Pac-12 with seven assists.The Sounders U-23 take on the Kitsap Pumas on Friday at 7:30pm from Gordon Park Field. The Pumas are currently in 1st place in the division with 15pts from seven matches. On Sunday, at 2pm, the Sounders U-23 renew their rivalry with the Portland Timbers U-23. Tickets are available on for the match played at Tumwater High School Stadium in the Olympia area.

Sounders FC U-23The Sounders FC U-23 (est.2012) competes in the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League (PDL). The Sounders FC U-23 are independently operated from the Seattle Sounders FC, under the ownership of Lane Smith and Cliff McElroy, with minority owner, Mike Jennings. The club is officially operated with a marketing, branding, and naming affiliation contract with the Seattle Sounders FC. The Sounders FC U-23 franchise has developed more than 15 professional players since the club’s establishment in 2012.